“Things I’ve noticed after returning home to the USA” by HMD

“Things I’ve noticed after returning home to the USA” by HMD

Returning home after travel brings up many emotions including, but not limited to, angst.  It's all very weird after the dust settles and you've made your initial "rounds" of reunions with friends and family.  People are "super excited your home!" until life goes back to normal and it's business as usual.  You're excited, too, and [...]

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Sleeping in a Capsule with Rainbow lights in LONDON

Sleeping in a Capsule with Rainbow lights in LONDON

Throughout London you'll see quite a few St. Christopher's Inn locations- there are eight in London alone.  The hostel/hotel chain has many locations, and not just in the UK.  I actually stayed at another location in Berlin, Germany two years ago near the beginning of my travels and loved it.  They have four guiding principles [...]

Living like a Local in Leeds, England

Living like a Local in Leeds, England

In February, with plans to head back to the states by the end of March, I had about 5 weeks left to explore more of Canada (I was in Montreal), but I was really feeling the need to slow down before beginning the journey home.  The project I worked on in Canada was over and [...]

How I Finance Traveling Full-Time

How I Finance Traveling Full-Time

Originally when I left home in late 2015, my travels were only supposed to last a year. I budgeted for one year- accurately breaking down my budget to $50 a day and swearing to stick to it. What ended up happening was a surprise to me (a former shopoholic)... I repeatedly came under budget. Month [...]

Happily “Homeless”

Happily “Homeless”

It's funny how it's taken all of 840 days, 4 continents and 31 countries plus a visit to California for certain things to REALLY set in.  Sometimes you're moving so fast you don't realize the full gravity of what you're experiencing.  Have you ever been there?  I have...recently, quite a bit. I've spent many days [...]

Finding my Zen in the madness of Medellin

Finding my Zen in the madness of Medellin

We spent 10 full days in Medellin, Colombia- and I've got to admit (especially after so much chill time in Peru) the raging energy of the city could feel exhausting at times. Many people are constantly partying, cars are driven by crazies behind the wheel, and the city seemingly never sleeps (for tourists at least). [...]

I stayed at Los Patios Boutique Hostal in Medellín, and now I’m ruined (in the best way).

I stayed at Los Patios Boutique Hostal in Medellín, and now I’m ruined (in the best way).

When I first walked into Los Patios my immediate thought was "Oh my gosh, they have swings!" followed by "Oh my gosh, look at that cute little bar with pink neon lights!" The moments kept coming as we checked in and were then given a full tour of the 5 story boutique hostal/hotel. Before I'd [...]